Christmas without money

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      These are great ideas. It will be tight this year for us also. I was getting ready to start thinking of who/what we can cut.

      I may have to also make homemade gifts. Theya re really nice. We do a family party every year.

      We draw names and put a $20.00 limit. my family had 4 ppl so $80.00 I am spending for gifts on top of grab bag gifts on top of everyone pitches in for food. I think this year we should all just bring gifts for our own kids.

      That would save so much. Also going to start thinking of maybe one big gift for both kids and a couple for each. I also have to cut back.

      Karen wrote: Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this
      year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE for
      Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her favorite
      Christmas was a doll and doll clothes she got one year for Christmas.
      She was at a family dinner and they were talking about their favorite
      Christmas and when my
      friend mentioned the doll her mother broke down
      crying. Her mother told her that that year they’d had no money for
      Christmas – so her father had made her a doll house and had made
      furniture out of whatever they could find.

      They had gotten a doll at
      Goodwill and her mom had sewn the clothes. Her mother said she had
      cried thinking what a terrible Christmas but it was my friends
      favorite one – maybe she could feel the love in the handmade items!

      Here are my ideas – and now is a good time to start making things.
      Also, be sure to start watching for things from freecycle and
      watching garage sales and thrift shops.

      1. Doll house – (the little white plastic things in Pizza boxes make
      good tables)
      2. Doll clothes – (could even be for a doll she already has)
      3.

      Bean bags – (for small child make one shaped like a frog – for
      older kids make squares and then take a piece of cardboard – cut
      holes in it and paint(or use
      crayons) around each hole in a different
      color)
      4. Take a piece of cardboard and draw roads, gas station, etc and
      get a car that fits the roads you draw or again – use a car he
      already has.
      5. School supplies will soon be really cheap at WalMart/Target and
      such places – grab a few extras and put away for Christmas.
      6.

      Get some recycling ideas and make a kit and give to older kids.
      You can make a bird house out of a milk carton or maybe you have some
      scrap wood and hubby can cut out a wood bird house – you can add some
      paint, screws, etc and make your own kit. KarenMO

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